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Commercial spaces or residential places, tile is the best surface covering option when building green. In addition to being durable, ecological, clean and healthy, and economical, tile can be an integral part of LEED®, CHPS, and ICC-700 projects.

is an acronym that stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design. The U.S. Green Building Council developed a suite of LEED® Green Building Rating Systems that allows builders, owners, and tenants to evaluate the impact of their design on energy and environmental issues. They can obtain points toward LEED® certification of a project resulting from choices they make while designing, constructing, and operating a new or existing building or major renovation.

Click here for a detailed breakdown of how tile can contribute towards points and things to keep in mind when incorporating tile products into LEED® projects.


The Collaborative for High Performance Schools, better known as CHPS, developed criteria by which to design, construct, and operate high performance schools. A points based rating system, CHPS was originally implemented for several schools in California. Now, many schools around the country are seeking CHPS recognition, and many states have adopted their own CHPS criteria.

Click here to find out more about CHPS and the many ways tile products can contribute towards points in the California Criteria.


Through the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) consensus process, and based on initiatives of the National Association of Homebuilders (NAHB), the International Code Council (ICC) published ICC-700 in 2008. ICC-700 is a voluntary green building standard dedicated solely to residential construction. Similar to LEED® and CHPS, points are awarded for choices made during the design, construction, and operation phases of a project.

Click here to find out how tile fits into ICC-700 projects, and the many ways tile products can be used for green residential construction.



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